noun, plural Mix·tecs, (especially collectively) Mix·tec for 1.
  1. a member of an Amerindian people of Guerrero, Oaxaca, and Puebla, Mexico.
  2. the Oto-Manguean language of the Mixtecs, consisting of a number of highly divergent dialects.
Also Mixteco.

Origin of Mixtec

1840–50; < Mexican Spanish mixteco < Nahuatl mixtēcah, plural of mixtēcatl person from Mixtlān (mix(tli) cloud + -tlān locative suffix, -tēcatl suffix of personal nouns)
Related formsMix·tec·an, adjective, noun
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Historical Examples of mixtec

  • The priest, an excellent man, is a pure-blooded Mixtec indian, talking the language as his mother tongue.

British Dictionary definitions for mixtec


  1. plural -tecs or -tec a member of an American Indian people of Mexico
  2. the language of this people
Derived FormsMixtecan, adjective, noun
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